LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – The death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, September 8, was felt across the music industry as various organizations and artists take time to pay tribute to the British monarch, who died aged 96. .

In honor of his death, Thursday night’s Mercury Prize ceremony in London was postponed until the 11th hour once news of his death hit the media. Audiences at the Mercury Prize ceremony had already arrived at London’s Hammersmith Apollo when the Queen’s death was announced. Shortly after, organizers canceled the event and asked attendees to leave.

Confirming that the awards show will not take place, Mercury Prize organizers said, “Tonight’s Mercury Prize event has been postponed during this time of great national sadness. We know everyone involved in the Mercury Prize will understand. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Royal Family at this very difficult time. We will make an announcement regarding future arrangements as soon as we can.”

Some organizations and artists who released a statement are below:

British music – “We are deeply saddened by the news of the Queen’s death. Putting public service above all else, she was a role model for millions around the world. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and all those whose lives they have touched for many years. May she rest in peace.”

Mick Jagger“All my life, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has always been there. In my childhood, I remember watching the highlights of his marriage on television. I remember her as a beautiful young woman, the nation’s beloved grandmother. My deepest condolences go out to the royal family.”

Union of musicians: “MU is saddened by the news of the Queen’s passing and joins the country in paying tribute to her. Her passing is a significant and sad event.” Union General Secretary Naomi Pohl added: “The Queen has been a consistent figure through many crises, recessions and of course the recent pandemic, and she has seen many governments come and go.”

“Countless musicians have performed for her over the years,” she continued, “from military bands to the Royal Variety Performances and her jubilee events. And who can forget [Brian May] play on the roof of Buckingham Palace? She has met top musicians and music industry figures and spoken to people from all walks of life, and we pay tribute to her.”

BPI CEO, Geoff Taylor: “We share our nation’s grief and mourning at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts go out to his family. From the music business, we express our heartfelt thanks for a lifetime of selfless duty and public service.”

Paul McCartney expressed his affection for the woman who knighted him in 1997. “God bless Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace,” McCartney wrote in a tweet. “Long live the king.”

Liz Truss, British Prime Minister – “We are all devastated. It’s a day of great loss, but Queen Elizabeth II leaves a great legacy.

Elton John said: “Along with the rest of the nation, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. She was an inspiring presence and led the country through some of our greatest and darker with grace, decency and genuine caring warmth. Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood until today, and I will miss her dearly.”

Additionally, John paid tribute to the Queen during her concert in Toronto on Thursday. “We have the saddest news regarding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. She was an inspiring person to be around – I’ve been around her and she was fantastic. She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest times with grace, decency, and genuine care and warmth.

“I’m 75 – she’s been with me all my life, and I’m very sad that she’s not with me anymore. But I’m glad she’s at peace, and I’m glad she’s at home. rest, and she deserves it because she worked very hard,” he told the audience.

Rob Halford

The Walt Disney Company – “We join those who mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and our thoughts and condolences are with her family, the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

Def Leppard – “Dignity. If there is one word to describe this wonderful lady and monarch, it is dignity. We will never see such things again. She has passed through the ages with good grace and service to her country which is unmatched anywhere and by anyone Thank you Your Majesty for a lifetime of fond memories and leadership.

Ozzy Osbourne – “I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest queen. With a heavy heart I say it devastates the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II. »

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – “It is with the heaviest hearts that we have learned of the passing of Canada’s oldest sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“For most Canadians, we have known no other sovereign. Queen Elizabeth II was a constant presence in our lives. Time and time again, Her Majesty has marked modern Canadian history. Over 70 years and twenty-three royal tours, Queen Elizabeth II has seen this country from coast to coast and was there for our major historical milestones.

“Her Majesty has sworn to dedicate her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank Queen Elizabeth II for honoring that vow and for a lifetime of service.

“Her Majesty’s reign spanned so many decades – a time when we have become a confident, diverse and forward-looking country. It is his wisdom, his compassion and his warmth that we will always remember and cherish. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I express our deepest condolences to the members of the Royal Family at this most difficult time. »

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden – “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era. In an ever-changing world, she was a stable presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, many of whom never knew their country without her. A lasting admiration for Queen Elizabeth II has united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of his historic reign witnessed an era of unprecedented human progress and the advancement of human dignity.

Lady Helen Mirren

Duran Duran – “Her Majesty the Queen has presided over the United Kingdom longer than any other British monarch. She dedicated her life to the people and set an extraordinary example to the world throughout her reign. She has seen changes beyond what any of us can imagine. She took on challenges that she took on again and again. His life was remarkable in many ways. She will be missed by all of us and we are grateful for her incredible service to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth countries. We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family. His death ends a long and unique chapter in the history of the United Kingdom and the world.

Annie Lennox – “I have just learned that HRH the Queen passed away peacefully. One of my earliest memories of the late 1950s is standing on the side of the road among a crowd of people waving little Union Jack flags as we waited for the royal carriage to pass.”

“A monarch’s life is lived with two distinct sides,” Lennox said. “One is as an outward-looking public figure and representative of his country, and the other is as a human being and a private person. There is a difference between the two. Queen Elizabeth came from “a time in history when there was still a modicum of separation between them. I think she did an amazing job of staying the course throughout the extraordinary events of her reign and her life,” said- she concluded. “Whether you are pro or anti monarchy, there is no doubt that she totally performed her duties par excellence until a few days before her death. I doubt that anyone can compare to her. The Great Britain has lost one of its most remarkable monarchs, who I doubt will ever be seen again. RIP Queen Elizabeth”.

Stevie Nicks

Jon Bon Jovi – “Queen Elizabeth was the ultimate example of service and duty…today is a sad day.”

In perhaps the shortest but most poignant tribute, Patti Smith said:

RIP Queen.


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